5 Things You Didn’t Know About Chatbots And Voice Assistants

By Published On: January 18th, 2019Categories: chatbots, voice & assistants


How good is your knowledge about chatbots and voice assistants?


In this post, you will learn five exciting facts that you probably haven’t heard of yet.



Do you think a chatbot can become famous?


If not, then you have certainly not heard of Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a chatbot from China. It has 660 million fans worldwide and has definitely reached cult status. The AI ​​Bot is created with a unique mixture of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Intelligence (IQ), which allows the bot to give independent opinions, show sympathy and give unpredictable answers.


Some fans even go so far as calling the bot a good friend or have even develop some romantic feelings for it. There is literally a trend occuring where many Chinese men are falling in love with Xiaoice. However, the success of the chatbot goes even further. Xiaoice not only conquers the hearts of men. It even creates designs for international fashion companies.





Which chatbots are famous for their technical abilities?


Apart from the cult status? Do you know which chatbots are famous because of their technical abilities? To find out, it helps to have a closer look at the current winners of the Loebner Prize. This prize awards programs that can withstand the Turing Test for a long time, i.e. to behave as humanlike as possible.


As a quick reminder: The Turing Test requires a human to communicate with an unknown interlocutor via a keyboard and screen. The goal of this conversation is to find out if this is a human or a machine.



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If you look at the winners of the last few years, it becomes clear that the same bots always win. Thus, the bot Mitsuku has won for the third time in a row. The other participants from 2018 can be found on the website of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).



What do you think: Since when do chatbots exist?


So we can tell you this: Significantly longer than the hype of the past few years. The first chatbot, which received great media attention dates back to 1966. At that time, the computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum published the Chatbot ELIZA.


Above all, this bot became famous as a virtual psychotherapist, with whom users can talk about their personal problems. ELIZA searches the messages for keywords. Based on these keywords the bot can ask the right questions and lead a coherent conversation. If you want to talk to ELIZA yourself, this is still possible today.





Have you ever tried to find your cat with Alexa?


Alexa has a feature called “Find my Cat”. As the name suggests, this feature helps you find your cat. If you use it Alexa begins to meow. No matter where your cat is in the apartment – it will certainly show up in a short time to see where the sounds are coming from.


By the way: voice assistants are also suitable for finding objects. For example, you can tell Google Home where you have stored important items, such as your passport or contracts. If you have forgotten where you put them later on, you can ask your Google Home for it.



Have you ever heard of voice assistant Easter Eggs?


Voice assistants offer many surprises when you ask the right questions. This ranges from event-specific functions, such as calling Santa Claus, to funny answers to various questions.


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These questions are known under the term “Easter Eggs”. On the net, there are already long lists with questions, which you can use to pass your time in an entertaining way.


Some examples: